Why is credit for my dependents not in my tax retu...
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Why is credit for my dependents not in my tax return

So i put in my dependents info and i got qualified for like 8000 dollars credit and once i put in my income i didnt get any of that. And i only made like 34k last year?????? Im very upset!
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Deductions & credits

You did not get 8,000 credit what you got was a deduction of $4,050 per dependent. That is not a credit and it is not an amount that you get back. It is a deduction that reduces your taxable income and thus reduces your tax.

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Deductions & credits

That just made me confused what is my taxable income. And what do you mean reduces my tax? What tax do i have ive already payed my taxes all year? I thought fileing my income tax was me getting money back from taxes ive payed.
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Deductions & credits

You have had taxes withheld during the year, but they don't get "paid" until you file your tax return. To determine how much your tax is, your income is totaled, that is called your adjusted gross income, then your personal and dependent exemptions are subtracted from AGI, as is your Standard or Itemized deductions. What is left is called your taxable income. The tax on that is determined from the IRS tax tables. If the tax for your income is less than the tax that you paid through the year, you get a refund. If the tax for your income is more than the tax that you paid through the year, then you owe more.
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